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Andreas T

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Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« on: June 09, 2017, 09:31:09 PM »
As suggested on another thread I'm starting this to have a dedicated place for information on the activities of this German research vessel which visits both arctic and antarctic waters.

There is the Polarstern blog: some entries are only available in german it seems.
https://blogs.helmholtz.de/polarstern/
worth looking at photos nevertheless

position can be found here
http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=DBLK

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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 10:12:35 PM »
A bit more English language info is available at:

https://www.awi.de/en/expedition/ships/polarstern.html

together with the AWI's own Polarstern position map. The University of Bremen provide yet another map:

http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de:8084/amsr2/Polarstern_AMSR2_visual.png

 
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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 11:18:21 PM »
Wikipedia article on RV Polarstern includes:
... It is planned that she will be replaced by Polarstern II around the year 2017, after it was decided that the European Research Icebreaker Aurora Borealis will not be built in her original form.
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History
On 7 September 1991, Polarstern, assisted by the Swedish arctic icebreaker Oden reached the North Pole as the first conventional powered vessels.[3] Both scientific parties and crew took oceanographic and geological samples and had a common tug of war and a football game on an ice floe. Polarstern again reached the pole exactly 10 years later[4] together with the USCGC Healy. She returned for a third time on 22 August 22 2011 at exactly 9.42 a.m. This time she reported the most frequently recurring ice thickness at 0.9 m compared with 2 m in 2001, which corresponds to the long-term average.[5]

On March 2, 2008, one of the vessel's helicopters crashed on a routine flight to the Antarctic Neumayer II base. The German pilot and a Dutch researcher were killed, three other passengers were injured.[6][7]

On October 17, 2008, Polarstern was the first research ship to ever travel through both the Northeast Passage and the Northwest Passage in one cruise, thus circumnavigating the North Pole.[8]
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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2017, 12:25:07 AM »
Good thread. I'm surprised it didn't exist yet.
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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 04:58:59 PM »
Current Meteorological Data from the Polarstern's meteorological observatory, including Ice Information, is available at:
https://www.awi.de/fileadmin/user_upload/MET/PolarsternCoursePlot/psobsedat.html

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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2017, 05:28:49 PM »
A new post is up on (in german) on the polarstern blog.
https://blogs.helmholtz.de/polarstern/2017/06/wir-fegen-das-meereis-von-unten/
I'll try to give a summary in english
A ROV is operating under the ice, focussed on water depths of up to 20m to take samples of flora and fauna. A net is fixed to the ROV and a broom is used to brush algae and small animals from the underside of the ice.
To investigate how distribution of the various organisms varies over daily cycles and longer periods (i.e. as ice properties change) Polarstern will stay alongside the same floe for two weeks.

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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2017, 08:00:20 AM »
The latest weekly report (in english) from Polarstern descibes its activities east of Svalbard with a focus on wildlife and the role of arctic cod in it;
https://www.awi.de/nc/en/expedition/ships/polarstern/weekly-reports/single-view/presse/woche-2-an-der-eisstation.html

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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2017, 08:25:01 PM »
have a look where Polarstern is now, I wish we could get more information from there. A webcam like the one on the Healy would be great but maybe they want to use their data transmission bandwidth for other stuff. I have no clue about this I have to admit.

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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2017, 11:48:38 PM »
have a look where Polarstern is now, I wish we could get more information from there. A webcam like the one on the Healy would be great but maybe they want to use their data transmission bandwidth for other stuff. I have no clue about this I have to admit.



There is some near real time data on http://expedition.awi.de/. But Polarstern does not have a webcam and bandwidth limitations is indeed one reason.

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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2017, 07:32:46 AM »
Thank you, for the link
Another post is up on the blog (in english) containing pictures of the ice (as a suggestion: a location, or time to help locate the image roughly, would give more context for us icewatchers)
https://blogs.helmholtz.de/polarstern/en/2017/07/whalewatching/
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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2017, 09:40:13 AM »
a new weekly report in english is out https://www.awi.de/nc/en/about-us/service/press/press-release/woche-7-tief-im-arktischen-ozean.html
polarstern seems to move around the area north of Svalbard which according to PIOMAS has thicker, more compacted ice than usual.

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Re: Research Icebreaker Polarstern
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2017, 01:02:32 PM »
A previous weekly report explains why the ship track shows repeated north- south movement around the 2. July, measurements were taken over the edge of the shelf where water depth drops into the arctic basin.

https://www.awi.de/nc/en/about-us/service/press/press-release/week-6-from-east-svalbard-towards-the-deep-arctic-ocean.html

polarstern is now on the way home it seems or at least to a change of personel in port.